To kill a mockingbird

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Hi guys! I was just wondering if anyone could help me out. I am studying the book to kill a mockingbird for GCSE's and i came across a quote 'inside the house lived a malevolent phantom'. This is linked with the radley house and i was just wondering on what to write about Boo Radley in this case. Has anyone got anything good i can write about the malevolent phantom? If this even makes sense :/ Anyway thank you in advance :D x

Posted Sat 19th January, 2013 @ 19:09 by SciTech

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Don't know if this helps at all?

http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/mocking/

Answered Mon 21st January, 2013 @ 10:41 by Kate
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Well Boo Radley is being compared to a 'malevolent phantom' which is a metaphor. Malevolent means 'having or showing a wish to do evil to others' and a phantom is a 'ghost or figure of the imagination'. This creates a really creepy atmosphere and the reader immediately feels how Scout feels about the house and who's inside it. But the fact that she uses phantom suggests to the reader that there may not actually be anything inside the house so you're a bit skeptical as to whether to be scared as much as Scout is.

Hope this helps!

Answered Sat 19th January, 2013 @ 21:36 by Joanne